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Martinez fired at UGA

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia coach Mark Richt has fired defensive

coordinator Willie Martinez and two other defensive assistants.

Richt announced on Wednesday that Martinez, linebackers coach

John Jancek and defensive ends coach Jon Fabris will not return in

2010.

Richt says the three have been asked to remain through the

team's bowl game.

The coach says the "difficult decisions" on the three

assistants was necessary for the program.

Defense has been a problem for Georgia (7-5), which is awaiting

a bowl bid following its 30-24 win over Georgia Tech in its final

regular-season game. Georgia gave up more than 40 points in three

games.